Hello all, here I am again!
This week has been a bit of a fact-finding one, so I thought I’d share some of my findings and some of my plans with you all.
I have been reading a number of books and websites recently on alkalising one’s body, the effects of an acidic body (a body more prone to ill health and disease) on general health and well-being, and on the benefits of being more alkalised (a healthier body in a more healing state). It seems that in the modern world most people are acidic, which leads to a many health issues (ranging from stomach complaints, candida, fatigue and skin conditions, to diabetes, depression and headaches), as well as hampering healing and weight loss. If you’re one of those people that’s constantly trying rather unsuccessfully to lose weight it could be due to the acidity levels in your body.
Indeed almost all of the clients I see are highly acidic and once they start to get this under control (by addressing diet and supporting their mind), the difference in them is noticeable inside and out. Health issues they either never mentioned at all or thought were nothing to do with what they were coming to see me for clear up, as well as the ones they did come about, and energy levels and general well-being noticeably increase.
In this day and age becoming alkalised rather than acidic isn’t an easy feat, but there are many things you can do fairly easily to prevent yourself from becoming more acidic, and even lower the acidity levels within your body.
Most of you won’t be surprised with the things that make you more acidic (but here goes anyway):
Caffeine, sugars, alcohol, not drinking enough water, stress and anxiety, processed foods, yeasts (including mushrooms and vinegar until you are more alkalised), most white foods (like white potatoes, sugar, bread, pasta, rice), fruit in general (until you are in an alkaline state), over-consumption of carbohydrates, red meats, chemicals on food and in home and skincare products, some medications, tomatoes (if cooked – raw is okay), microwaved food, artificial sweeteners and herbicides, pesticides, hormones and additives on and in food stuffs.
Then the things that help to make you more alkaline:
Ginger (a couple of slices in hot water is a great alkalising tea), lemon, lime, dealing with underlying and daily stresses and anxieties (through EFT, Flower Remedies, Meditation, Relaxation & other such therapies and treatments), drinking lots and lots of fresh still alkalised water (use lemon, lime, Bicarb or pH drops to do this – this will be a major help!), eating plenty of vegetables (greener, riper and rawer the better, so smoothies, juices and raw food meals are great), eating a varied and healthy diet, making sure you eat regularly and do not eat and drink any of the items in the list above, spirulina (blue-green algae), wheat grass (and other grasses), sprouted seeds, flax-seeds (grind down where possible), seaweed, reducing the amount of white meat, fish and dairy you eat unless they’re all organic, taking a daily natural (wheat and dairy free) probiotic and eating organic vegetables.
You can buy little pH testing strips online for not very much money, so you can track how acidic you are now and then after you start making changes. Becoming more alkalised can have huge positive effects on your physical and mental health – it’s soooo worth doing!
A great book to help you with this journey is – The pH Miracle, Balance Your Diet, Reclaim Your Health by Dr Robert O. Young and Shelley Redford Young.
Raw food (as mentioned above), especially low sugar raw food is excellent for helping the body to become more alkalised and with this in mind I have just scheduled in a Mini Raw Food Workshop for Wednesday 11th September 18.30 – 21.30, £15.00. If you’re interested in coming please let me know ASAP as there are limited spaces. The below item is one of my all time favourites, it’s raw un-fried rice and this is one of the items I’ll be teaching people to make on the evening. https://www.facebook.com/events/612242638806011/
I’ll also be showing people how to make an additional two dishes and explaining about soaking nuts and seeds and how to use the bad-boy that is my dehydrator (below) to create some amazing, healthy and yummy dishes.
One other thing I simply must share that’s alkalising (as well as highly nutritious and full of iodine – which helps the thyroid among other things) and one of my favourite ingredients at the moment is seaweed – especially my seaweed shaker, as I can use this like dried herbs on just about anything and everything (including in your bath). I get mine from Real Foods, but you might be able to pick them up elsewhere.
So as well as doing a fair bit of research I’ve also scheduled a few Meetups for the Let’s Make This World A Better Place group.
Here’s a little diary of up and coming events (for more info click the link below each item):
Plastic Free Picnic – Tuesday 30th July
Super Organic Me Fringe Comedy – Friday 9th August
Trip to the Eco Earthship – Saturday 17th August
Beach Clean-Up – Saturday 24th August (Please share this event with as many people as possible, as the more hands the better)
The Psychology of Meditation Projection – Thursday 12th September
So the following paragraph is something I’ve been looking into and I hope you’ll consider this when buying your next duvet, pillow or jacket and that’s where and how the feathers for these items come from:
I’ve recently discovered, (or should I say, opened my eyes and mind to something I should have thought of before) that down feathers used for items such as pillows, duvets and jackets are pulled from (usually already badly treated) birds whilst they are still alive. They often remove the outers feathers first (if they haven’t shed these) to get to the down feathers underneath and then remove these as well. I have always daftly assumed these birds were already dead when plucked, but this just isn’t the case.
Here’s a more detailed link about this (but please don’t open it if you’re squeemish)-
To finish on a more positive note I thought I’d share with you a picture of my Fig & Honey soap. Now that’s it’s rested for the last 6 weeks it’s ready to use and is so lovely, soft and silky, as well as being natural, palm-oil free and environmentally friendly! =0)
So I think I’ve said enough for this week, have a lovely weekend everyone and I hope you enjoyed reading this blog, I’m off the ride the Harry Potter train (aka the Jacobite)! =0)